FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
13 February 2020
MEC KHOZA APPLAUDS POLICE SWIFT RESPONSE TO THE BRUTAL ASSAULT OF A FEMALE EDUCATOR IN NONGOMA
KWAZULU-NATAL Social Development MEC, Mrs Nonhlanhla Khoza, applauds police for their swift response in arresting a suspect linked to a shocking gender-based violence incident in KwaNongoma.
After the MEC was alerted about the alleged incident of an educator suffering severe assaults allegedly her husband, she dispatched a team of social workers to assess her condition and provide psycho-social support.
“The abuse of this mother has also exposed her children to violence which has been going on for years. We are grateful that the police management have committed themselves to investigate and arrest the alleged perpetrator.
"We are pleased by the work done by the social workers, police and the family of the victims to ensure they deal with this case. To us, this is a step in the right direction. Women have been under siege from gender-based violence for some time now. And we need each and every one of us to play a role to end this scourge,” she said.
MEC Khoza said she is severely pained by the fact that innocent children have been exposed to this kind of brutal violence which negatively impacts on their lives and upbringing. “We find solace in the fact that police arrested the suspect linked to this shocking incident. There should be no woman that fears for her life and feel unsafe in their homes due to constant abuse or domestic violence,” she added.
MEC Khoza has made a passionate plea to community members not to keep silent while their neighbours suffer abuse. She said to defeat the unacceptably high levels of gender-based violence require collective efforts of all in society.
“As the suspect is going to appear in court, we need to see justice. No one deserves bail after abusing a woman or a child. An integrated response to violence against women is critical to the success of our collective efforts,” she said.
MEC Khoza called on the members of society to stand firm against abusers in all corners. The department urges communities to make use of our call centre by contacting 087 158 3000 to report anything affecting their well-being.
ISSUED BY THE KZN DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
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